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Beautiful, misty lake

El Junco requires a steep uphill climb of about 15 minutes to reach. The trail is rocky but good. It's higher in elevation so it's nice and cool. The lake is misty and lovely... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 13, 2016
Jason M
Orem, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice walk up the stairs to see a beautiful crater. Great part of the through the highlands of San Cristobal.

Thank Soffía S
Orem, Utah
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016 via mobile

El Junco requires a steep uphill climb of about 15 minutes to reach. The trail is rocky but good. It's higher in elevation so it's nice and cool. The lake is misty and lovely, with frigate birds bathing or flying around. No swimming allowed, but a nice view! You can take a hike around the rim too. I recommend it... More 

Thank Jason M
Coolangatta, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016

Well worth the trek up the path to view the crater and the view over the Island. The Frigate birds coming in for a wash and a drink was nice to see.

Thank AndrewH161
Franklin, Massachusetts
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2016 via mobile

Hiked up soo many stairs in hot sun to see a crater filled with water. If your into geology this might be worth the hike but for me hauling two small kids to the top this was not fascinating by any means. Bring water and lots of sun screen. Saw the birds diving in the water but that was the... More 

Thank sunnysal
Rambouillet, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2016

Interesting to observe the frigatebirds drinking fresh water in the lagoon (crater lake). This is a 10 minute walk to get there.

Thank ramoneur
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2016

The birds use the fresh water for cleaning, apparently. The aerial displays as they do so are spectacular, with birds only a foot or two above your head.

Thank Pete M
Quito, Ecuador
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2016

It's 30 min from the town of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno by pickup truck (taxi). Then 10 min climb up the stairs to get a spectacular view of the lagoon. Sometimes you also see a few birds within. Worth the trip. Paíd $ 40 roundtrip to El Junco and then the turtle breeding station and back. 2 1/2 to 3 hour... More 

Thank ihuang1
Urbana, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2016

Only go if you like a good walk and its a clear enough day to see the lake and birds. We got there a few minutes before the clouds swept in and obscured the lake. It was an incredible site but the people who arrived right after didn't get to see much and came down after us immediately.

Thank kethoma2
Aurora, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

The lagoon is worth a quick stop, but the trail was very muddy when we visited and the clouds were so low that we only got a few quick glimpses of the lagoon. We did see a few Frigate Birds flying over head.

Thank Blabbott
Honolulu, Hawaii
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

Sept 28 Darwin passed by El Junco in the morning but kept on going since it was clouded over. We tried again in the afternoon after lunch. Thank goodness we had our trekking poles to help climb the 400+ steps to the top. Hoping that the lake would be visible, we were, of course, disappointed that the lake was under... More 

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